PÁL ZÁVADA: A Market Day


zavada-egypiacinapHow do people come to be part of a lynch mob? To be more precise: what makes passers-by in a village and customers at a market turn against their neighbours who had just come back from death factories? Pál Závada’s new novel tries to give an answer to this question through the story of the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1946 in Hungary. One market day the narrator, daughter of a respected village shopkeeper and wife of a teacher, witnesses an attack against a Jewish egg-seller, which degenerates into bloodshed. The violence is led by local women, and neither women nor children are left unscathed. After the pogrom an investigation is started. During the enquiries prior events come to light, and the reader gets an insight into the conditions of life during and after the war, as well as the events that led up to the tragedy. The novel focuses on people and the distortions in human relationships for which history is partly responsible – history that can put any of us to the test at any moment, even today.

Theatre adaptation won the Best Drama of the Year Award 2018

How do people come to be part of a lynch mob?

Product details
ISBN 978 963 1433 86 9
2016, hard cover with jacket
200 pages, 123×174 mm
2990 HUF

Rights sold
Bulgarian, Riva
Danish, Skjødt
English, Seagull

Pál Závada